Apple is planning to introduce new versions of tvOS and watchOS at the Worldwide Developers Conference, but unlike iOS 10 and OS X 10.12, we haven't heard any details on new features that could be bundled into the releases.

A lack of rumors hasn't stopped our forum members from dreaming up a list of most-wanted features in the two operating systems, so we took a look at some tvOS and watchOS wishlists to get an idea of the kinds of improvements people are hoping to see in the updates.

watchOS

One of the most desired features for the Apple Watch, unsurprisingly, is a better variety of watch faces to choose from. New digital faces and square watch faces like the Hermès Apple Watch face are high on the wishlist.

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MacRumors reader mavis wants to see faces that include an optional second count, and moxxham outlined a feature for dynamic complications on watch faces that sounds useful.

It would be great to set up time dependant complications and notifications. In the morning once your alarm is turned off, that complication disappears and is replaced by the activity complication. If your watch is charged over night, when you put the Apple Watch on, the battery complication will disappear and be replaced by weather. Just simple things like this would be great. It would really stop you from changing different faces all the time to suit your needs. The watch would predict based on your usage which complications would suit you and at what time.

Sleep tracking is a feature some readers would like to see, but it's unlikely to be introduced in the current Apple Watch due to battery life concerns. The ability to reassign the side button to access something other than a contact list is another interesting feature request from anthonymoody.

Other watchOS 3 wants:

  • More workout options and controls
  • Reminders app
  • Ability to scroll through Glances with Digital Crown
  • Speed/efficiency improvements
  • Ability to control Apple TV with Apple Watch Digital Crown and Siri
  • Option to disable Time Travel
  • Watch Face activated at all times
  • Glance for checking iPhone/Watch battery

Read more about the features people are hoping for in watchOS in the dedicated watchOS 3.0 wishlist thread on the forums.

tvOS

There are two threads our forum members have created covering tvOS features they'd like to see, one that was started shortly after the Apple TV launched and another that started up in April.

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Both have some interesting feature requests like a dark mode for the user interface, an Apple Music-style "For You" iTunes section for movie and TV suggestions, and unsurprisingly, support for games that only use a controller. Right now, tvOS apps with controller support are also required to support for the Apple TV remote, limiting controller functionality.

Other feature requests:

  • Picture-in-picture and/or Split View
  • Cloud backup and storage
  • iCloud syncing for multiple Apple TVs
  • VPN support
  • Better parental controls
  • Easier switching between accounts
  • Remote installation of tvOS apps from iOS devices
  • Always-on Hey Siri
  • Slow motion playback
  • Continuity and Notifications

The new versions of watchOS and tvOS will be unveiled alongside iOS 10 and OS X 10.12 on Monday, June 13 at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. The event is set to kick off at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

Top Rated Comments

now i see it Avatar
70 months ago
All I want is new watch bands
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
runeapple Avatar
70 months ago
Sleep tracking on the watch is important to me, the fitbit one works really well.

Can't believe we still don't have this on the watch..
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
patohi Avatar
70 months ago
The Apple TV Remote requirement for games really needs to go! It could bring so many new games to iOS. Games for iPad and iPhone simply can't work with the limited Apple TV remote layout.

I'd say it's one of the worst development decisions Apple has made in a long time.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Loge Avatar
70 months ago
watchOS: much more customisation and choice among the digital faces; those are really limited. In particular the ability to display seconds (still can't believe we don't have this after all this time).
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
now i see it Avatar
70 months ago
Sleep tracking on the watch is important to me, the fitbit one works really well.

Can't believe we still don't have this on the watch..
There's no sleep tracking because it has to be put on charge overnight.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macduke Avatar
70 months ago
But when I finally buy my son the game he's been begging for and I discover (because I'm too busy to read the details on the app store) that it's unplayable without purchasing a Nimbus, I'm grumpy and my son is disappointed. So then I'll take to MacRumors with my pitchfork, lol.
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It is my opinion that the Kinect is ugly and its unattractiveness outweighs its usefulness. So having an additional accessory plugged in would not be an ideal solution for me. Now... if the Apple TV unit itself had a built-in mic with noise cancelling, then I'd be on board with your idea.
Yeah that was the whole point of what I said. They would just need a mic on the front. I only referred to be Kinect for the type of functionality I want.

Noticed your other reply above. Many of these games are just barely playable and not fun at all without a real controller. Some are nigh impossible to control. All they would need is the simple logic check of "have they paired a third party controller before, and if not, display a notice message before purchasing." But the real solution is Apple bundling a first party controller. Just adds cost. I'd pay up for a beefier gaming edition with controller.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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